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Rugby | Kieran Marmion commits to Connacht

Kieran Marmion has signed a new contract with Connacht which will keep him at the province until 2023.

The Ireland international had been linked with a move abroad following his exclusion from Ireland's World Cup squad, but has now committed his long-term future to Connacht.

Marmion has been a key player for Connacht since breaking into the senior team in 2012, amassing over 160 appearances for the Irish province.

The 27-year-old scrum-half, who was won 27 international caps since his debut in 2014, is currently sidelined with a back injury.

“Kieran has been an outstanding player for Connacht and for Ireland,"  Connacht boss Andy Friend said.

"He is a diligent professional and through his hard work he has progressed through the Connacht Academy and on to play for Ireland.

“His progress demonstrates the support that is available to players through our academy pathway. Kieran’s commitment to Connacht for a further three seasons demonstrates his ambition to contribute at provincial and international level in the coming years.

“His signing also ensures that we continue to retain a squad equipped to compete at the highest level of European club rugby”.

News of Marmion's new contract caps a great week for Connacht, which saw them mark their return to Heineken Champions Cup rugby with a superb win over Montpellier at the Sportsground.

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